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  • The Skully and Marina show

    The Popular performers add sparkle to Crescent City's Ocean World
  • The black-spotted gray harbor seal dives deep beneath the turquoise water. The crowd stands silent, waiting. Then the torpedo-shaped body explodes from the water and rises high in the air, the black nose nailing the bright-colored beach-ball dead center. The crowd cheers. Skully strikes again.
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    • IF YOU GO
      What: Ocean World Aquarium
      When: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the summer and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter; all tours close at dusk because the aquarium uses only natural light. Open seven days a week y...
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      IF YOU GO
      What: Ocean World Aquarium

      When: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the summer and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter; all tours close at dusk because the aquarium uses only natural light. Open seven days a week year-round, except Christmas Day.

      Where: 304 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, Calif.

      Tickets: Children 3 and under are free, ages 4-11 are $5.95 and age 12 and up are $9.95. No senior discount.

      Call: 707-464-4900
  • The black-spotted gray harbor seal dives deep beneath the turquoise water. The crowd stands silent, waiting. Then the torpedo-shaped body explodes from the water and rises high in the air, the black nose nailing the bright-colored beach-ball dead center. The crowd cheers. Skully strikes again.
    But 13-year-old Skully isn't your average trained seal, and his home is not your average aquarium. Skully was born in a large commercial aquarium near San Francisco, but he developed cataracts and ended up at Ocean World in Crescent City, Calif.
    "He wasn't trained to do much of anything when he came," says Ocean World's head animal trainer, Kristoffer Strom. "He's really learned a lot, especially when you consider that he can hardly see at all. He uses his other senses to compensate."
    Skully snaps up his treat of raw fish and undulates across the deck to join his tank mate, Marina.
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